Chinese photographer Luo Yang spent most of 2019 trying to capture a generation that is as talked-about and embedded in the culture of sharing as it is mysterious to those outside of it. Her latest series, “Youth”, explores Gen Z subjects from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of China. Love, sexuality, body positivity and self-determination are a few of the themes that emerge from Luo’s project, one filled with tales of “young adults already mature beyond their childish appearance, boys who defy the social codes with their disturbing fragility, and girls who proudly display their bodies”. It’s a shift away from her decade-long project “Girls”, a series of powerful and recognisable images which focused on the evolving concept of womanhood, mostly focusing on subjects who, like Yang, were born in the 1980s. Her generation, shaped in part by the era of dramatic change under Deng Xiaoping, was not “as brave to express themselves and pursue their lives”, she says. Today, the relationship between private and public spaces – as well as the concepts of sexuality and identity – have completely changed. At the same time, Luo noticed that “some emotions and traditions are hard to change … we all experience similar feelings at a certain age and face similar problems in life”. See more from Luo’s striking new series in this feature . Stories worth sharing Mental health and the coronavirus pandemic After finally bringing her bipolar disorder under control, Mok has seen the symptoms and hallucinations return. Once again, every day is a frightening battle. She is not alone : the upheaval of daily life, combined with health anxiety and social isolation as Covid-19 sweeps the globe, is taking its toll on many. How the ‘girl power’ decade of the 1990s failed women Author Allison Yarrow’s biting autopsy of the 1990s scrutinises the way society reduced women at work, women at home, women in court, even women on ice skates. It was a decade, she writes, that was hostile to women who defied social expectations. Coronavirus in the US: Trump is doing a bad job. Let a woman take over The US president has taken no responsibility for the coronavirus testing debacle, writes SCMP North America bureau chief Robert Delaney . Meanwhile, Nancy Messonnier, the health official who warned of community spread in the US, is not part of the White House coronavirus task force. The artist who drew US attention to China’s WWII plight Martha Sawyers eschewed pre-war tropes of other Western artists depicting Chinese people as weak and backward. Her posters have remained popular as postcards, posters, and in exhibitions of wartime propaganda. Yet Sawyers herself, as an artist and activist, has been largely forgotten . Interfaith couples in Indonesia face struggle to say ‘I do’ Although legal in Indonesia, interfaith marriage is usually discouraged , with couples generally having to contend with pressure from their families. From running cutting-edge global companies to speaking out against sexism and stereotypes, women in Asia are making their voices heard around the world. Here at Lunar, we want to provide a platform to elevate and celebrate these voices, while exploring issues that affect women everywhere. Each week, we’ll bring you a curated selection of news, interviews and features about women, by women and for women. Sign up now! Purchase the China AI Report 2020 brought to you by SCMP Research and enjoy a 20% discount (original price US$400). This 60-page all new intelligence report gives you first-hand insights and analysis into the latest industry developments and intelligence about China AI. Get exclusive access to our webinars for continuous learning, and interact with China AI executives in live Q&A. Offer valid until 31 March 2020.